Marie Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin (4 April 1902 – 26 December 1969) was a French novelist, poet and journalist.
Born in the family château at Verrières-le-Buisson, Essonne, a suburb southwest of Paris, she was heir to a great French seed company fortune, that of Vilmorin.
She was afflicted with a slight limp that became a personal trademark.
Vilmorin was best known as a writer of delicate but mordant tales, often set in aristocratic or artistic milieu.
Her most famous novel was Madame de..., published in 1951, which was adapted into the celebrated film The Earrings of Madame de...
(1953), directed by Max Ophüls and starring Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux and Vittorio de Sica.
Vilmorin's other works included Juliette, La lettre dans un taxi, Les belles amours, Saintes-Unefois, and Intimités.
Her letters to Jean Cocteau were published after the death of both correspondents.
She was awarded the Renée Vivien prize for women poets in 1949.